Bauchi women kiss ballot paper, shout ‘Sai Baba’ before casting vote
The bye-election which took place today in Bauchi State had some drama, as it seems some Bauchi women are the ones ‘rushing President Buhari’. Some of the women who turned up to cast their votes reportedly shouted ‘Sai Baba’, before casting their vote.
While the drama raised suspicions that they might have mistaken the Bauchi South Senatorial bye-election for the forthcoming general election, which will feature President Muhammadu Buhari as a contestant, it was gathered that the drama involving four Bauchi women, occurred at the veterinary polling unit of Dawaki Ward in Bauchi metropolis.
Though the women declined to comment when contacted by NAN, however it should be noted that “Sai Baba” is the common phrase used by supporters of President Buhari while campaigning for him.
Miss Faiza Mohammed, the presiding Officer in charge of the polling unit, who disclosed that the turnout of women was impressive, added that some of them were over-enthusiastic.
This is coming shortly after some women in Bauchi South Senatorial District attributed their large turnout in Saturday’s bye-election, to the high level of political awareness and commitment of the womenfolk in the state to the democratic process.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that women across the seven Local Government Areas that made up the district, trooped out to exercise their franchise. One of the women, Mrs Gladys Kanke, told NAN in Bogoro on Saturday that women in the state could not afford to be left behind in determining their leaders.
“Women outnumbered men in the voting process of the Bauchi South senatorial district Bye-election because of commitment. It is important for women to actively participate in political activities, especially contesting elective positions and actual voting.
“We are more committed than men in the actual voting; as I speak to you now, most men are in their farms; they want to attend to their farms first before coming to vote.
“Take a look at the voters around the polling unit; we outnumber the men, followed by the youth.
That is why if given equal level playing field with men, we can excel and contribute immensely to the advancement of democratic governance,” she said.